Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the design, construction, and maintenance of the structures and systems society depends on every day — from buildings and power plants to roads, bridges, and tunnels. It also includes managing the environment for the maintenance and improvement of our quality of life.
ABET Accreditation logo

Our program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Highlights

Our program is design-oriented and lab intensive, emphasizing hands-on experience and teamwork. You’ll learn basic civil engineering principles, develop problem-solving skills, and spend lots of time in the laboratory so that you build a working knowledge of traditional and newer areas of civil engineering.

Customize Your Education

You can customize your degree by choosing elective courses in:

  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Advanced Structural Engineering
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Heavy Equipment Construction
  • Open Channel Hydraulics
  • Pavement Design
  • Traffic Engineering

Capstone Experience

The two-semester capstone experience gives you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned as you complete a design cycle from concept development through analysis, design, report writing, and presentation. Your capstone experience might coincide with an internship and involve working with a professional engineer.

Paid Internships

Internships are a large part of your experience, helping you connect classroom learning with the “real-world” environment. The majority of our students have a paid internship in their junior and senior year that often leads to a full-time position with the company.

What You’ll Study

The civil engineering major requires 131 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, plus courses in:

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Geomatics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Design of Foundations
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrology
  • Construction materials
  • Soil mechanics
  • Highway engineering
View Civil Engineering Sample Paradigm View Civil Engineering Course Requirements


The School of Engineering offers the following minors:

Is Civil Engineering for You?

Civil engineers are inquisitive, detail-oriented, and able to tackle complex problems. In their designs, civil engineers consider potential environmental hazards, construction costs, and government regulations while protecting the environment and preserving social values. If this sounds exciting, a degree in civil engineering may be for you.


There’s an almost unlimited demand for civil engineering graduates because the current workforce is aging (according to the American Society of Civil Engineers). And, the world’s infrastructure is continually being re-built.

Government agencies, consulting firms, and large corporations hire civil engineers. The degree is also a good preparation for medical school, law school, and advanced degrees in civil engineering.

As a civil engineer, you have many subspecialty areas to choose from:

  • Structural engineers design and analyze buildings, bridges, and other infrastructures.
  • Transportation engineers design highways, railroad systems, traffic signal systems, and airports.
  • Geotechnical engineers explore the subsurface conditions of a site to determine what types of foundations should be used.
  • Environmental engineers design systems to minimize pollution caused by wastewater, stormwater, hazardous materials, and noise.
  • Water resource engineers design dams and channels to prevent erosion and flooding.
  • Construction engineers use technology to minimize the cost of building and maintaining infrastructures.

Clubs & Organizations

The CBU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives civil engineering majors the opportunity to participate in community service events, engineering competitions, and other activities. The group participates in the annual concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, sponsoring teams who work on each project in the ASCE Deep South Competition.

Related Programs

Engineering Management

The School of Engineering also offers an accelerated five-year BS/MSEM program that allows you to combine a Bachelor of Science (technical) with a Master of Science (Management) degree that you can complete in five years.

Meet the Faculty

Ready to take the next step?